Making my way through my second bottle of Newblood Chardonnay I was hoping for a bit of a different outcome from the sweetness that I found in bottle number 1. Find my thoughts on this one below!!
What I Like
What Could be better
|Oaky warmth.||Too much sweetness for a Chardonnay.|
|Low in sugar.||Juice box mouthfeel.|
|Texture is good.||Oaky warmth and sweet profile clash.|
|Calories:||18 calories / 100ml|
|Main Notes:||Sweet. Oaked Finish.|
|Cost:||$15 – $17|
New Blood Chardonnay is a South Australian Non-Alcoholic Chardonnay that has a sweet juicy profile with a buttery oaked finish. If you are looking for a drier non-alcoholic chardonnay this is not going to be one for you, as the level of sweetness bumps up against the buttery oak finish.
A glass of the Newblood Chardonnay is going to present with a straw-coloured chardonnay and has a toasted oak and buttery nose. When drinking the Newblood Chardonnay you’ll find a really quite sweet profile that is built:
- a lot of sweetness.
- Bold toasty oak and buttery mouthfeel.
- Good mouthfeel whilst drinking, yet juice box like post mouthful.
- Rounded finish characterised by oak.
One thing to keep an eye out for is that the sweetness is pretty off the chart here and does tend to clash pretty harshly up against the toasty oak finish. To help mitigate this, I’d leave it out to air for a while, it will get better and improve – ever so slightly.
Much like the McGuigan Zero Chardonnay (which would be my preference over this one), the Newblood will do better in a red wine glass or a burgundy glass to help you bring the smooth oaky tannins to life and open the wine up.
If you’re keen to give this wine a bit of help, have a read of the article I wrote about wine glasses to help you get the most out of wine.
So that was a lot to digest – but is the Newblood Chardonnay for you?
Newblood Chardonnay will cost you between $15 – $17 per bottle and it has some limited distribution being available only (from what I’ve seen) at Dan Murphy’s and Sans Drinks.
- Dan Murphy’s
- Sans Drinks
If you’re curious about this one, I’d say head into Uncle Dan’s and pick up a small bottle to save you from shelling out for shipping or pick it up online if you’ve already hit that free shipping threshold.
As a whole, the Newblood non-alcoholic Chardonnay is really rather sweet and not one that is for dry white wine drinkers. If you’re not averse to a fruitier and juicier wine this one may be one to consider.
While the Newblood Chardonnay does a better job at mitigating the sweetness than the Newblood Shiraz (this was probably the sweetest non-alcoholic wine I’ve tried, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of trying it), it is going to be a wine for drinkers who are likely to enjoy a sweeter sparkling or lean towards sweet whites, prosecco or a sweeter style Lambrusco red.
If you’re after a dry white wine, I’d hands down point you in the direction of the Giesen range. The reviews (and sales) speak for themselves. I recently wrote up the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc and it is an absolute white wine gem.
The Newblood Chardonnay has only 1.3 grams of sugar, 14 calories and less than 0.2 grams of fat per 100ml. This places it as one of the lowest sugar non-alcoholic white wines I’ve tried (which makes me curious about where all that sweetness comes from).
For a full breakdown of the Newblood Chardonnay Nutrition profile check out the table below.
Per Serving (125ml)
|Protein||<0.5 g||0.4 g|
|Fat, total||<0.2 g||<0.2 g|
|— saturated||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|Carbohydrate||3.8 g||3.0 g|
|— sugars||1.6 g||1.3 g|
|Sodium||0.01 mg||0.01 mg|
For me, the Newblood Chardonnay is, unfortunately, carrying too much sweetness. You’ll be able to taste that it is really trying to do good things and that buttery and toasted oak would be amazing if paired against a crisp and sharp profile to balance it out.
However, the two competing round flavour profiles of sweetness and buttery oak clash and for me made this one to place on the ‘have tried’ list landing it with a 4/10
That said if you’re a fan of sweeter styles and like an oaked white, head on over and pick yourself up a bottle.